Join us online for Master Classes; and workshops on craft and technique. Past seasons have featured Colm Tóibín, Robert Sullivan, Michael Silverblatt, Parul Sehgal, Camille Rankine, Francine Prose, Claire Messud, Ayana Mathis, Yiyun Li, Leslie Jamison, Mary-Beth Hughes, Amy Hempel, John Haskell, Daniel Handler, Elizabeth Gaffney, Benjamin Dreyer, Jennifer Croft, and Alexander Chee, among others. Scholarships are offered for many classes; details can be found in the course listings below.

Elizabeth Gaffney | The Novel Workshop

Online, Zoom Tuesdays, September 14–December 21, 2021

***This class has sold out. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email***

This season’s Novel Workshop is designed for writers with a substantially or fully complete draft of their novels. Each writer will have the opportunity to have their entire manuscript read and critiqued.

Ruth Franklin | Master Class

Online, Zoom Thursday, October 7, 2021

In this Master Class taught by book critic Ruth Franklin, we’ll examine how thinking and writing critically about art and culture can deepen our practice as creative writers. This class will be held on October 7, 2021.

Deesha Philyaw | Master Class

Online, Zoom Thursday, October 21, 2021

In this class, we'll explore entry points into sexy flash (flash-y sex?), including elements of play and dialogue. This class will be held on October 21, 2021.

Annie Coggan | Drawing Stories

Online, Zoom Saturday, October 30, 2021

A one-day workshop about visualizing spaces—and how the techniques and perspectives of an architectural drawing can help bring to life a fictional world. This workshop will be held on October 30, 2021.

Amitava Kumar | Master Class

Online, Zoom Saturday, November 6, 2021

This master class will take a close look at how different writers use voice on the page. This class will be held on November 6, 2021.

Anne Elliott | Art and Text Workshop

Online, Zoom Sundays, November 7–December 12, 2021

Ekphrasis—the literary response to visual art—often takes the form of poetry, but this workshop will be geared toward generating narrative. The goal is to take risks and discover new approaches to the page.

Christine Schutt | Master Class

Online, Zoom Thursday, November 18, 2021

In a depressed decade in the near-bankrupt New York of the 1970s, two fiction writers, both women, brought their distinctive prose styles to bear on the experience of living alone as women in the city. Style is the subject of this class with close attention to selections from Elizabeth Hardwick’s novel Sleepless Nights and Renata Adler’s story “Brownstone.” This class will be held on November 18, 2021.


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